Fallen Heroes of MMA
Couldn't find anything on this topic with the search function but pardon me if this is rehashing old subjects.
I was just thinking that our sport which is the pinnacle of unarmed martial proving grounds in all its glory has a huge cast of fallen warriors who have succumbed to the injuries and tribulations the sport entails.
As we excite ourselves thinking and speculating on the next super matchup or GP we should offer these casualties of our favourite past-time a thought of gratitude and respect for their contributions however obscure to making the sport what it is today.
A Hall of Fame for the ones who had to bow out of the ring or cage for good.
First on the list come the three men who experienced the ultimate tragedy in any full contact sport:
Alfredo Castro Herrera ( need more sources )
Second comes the men who suffered such injuries as to exclude them from further contests:
Guy Mezger ( Suffered a stroke in training )
Igor Borisov ( Got canopener'd quite badly and never fought again )
Igor Zinoviev ( Got slammed out cold and never fought again )
Bas Rutten ( Suffered chronic knee troubles )
Tra Telligham ( Was brutally KO'd and never fought again )
Third comes the men who deserves honourable mention for receiving extreme amounts of punishment but keep coming back to compete:
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira ( Fedorx2, Sapp, CC nuff said )
Enson Inoue ( Igor. One of the worst beatdowns in the sport )
Jorge Gurgel ( Having his knee ripped off by Imanari )
Sakuraba ( The victim of several of the sport's worst TKO's )
Joe Riggs ( A mass of injuries )
Rumina Sato ( Old legend who keeps on fighting the top guys )
Zane Frazier ( For getting stopped 11 times in 15 fights )
Any corrections or additions?
Genki Sudo retired due to injuries for one.
Igor Vovchanchyn retired due to cumulative injuries.
Maybe we should add a category for MMA fighters who fell into substance abuse too?
Kerr, Ricco, etc?
I would say no to substance abuse. It is one thing to go out because your body won't allow you to stay in. It is another because you fucked around too much with drugs.
Yuki - Blinded
Tanner - Misadventure
not MMA but... Andy Hug - Leukemia
Props to Jason Delucia for coming back to fight after the liver break, the arm break, and the incredible folding leg.
Word. Did he ever recover?
Originally Posted by Omega the Merciless
Last time I talked to him was wec 5, over 5 years ago. I don't know if he recovered.
What ever happened to "the smashing machine"?